Upcoming Courses in Anthropology


Select Upcoming Winter 2018 Courses


Ethnographic Filmmaking

Ethnographic Filmmaking is a branch of Cultural Anthropology which documents diverse cultures using film and video. In this course students learn the history of ethnographic filmmaking and what makes ethnographic films distinct from written ethnographies. They also shoot and edit their own 15-minute ethnographic film about a subject of their choice. Before undertaking their film project students are required to submit a project proposal and Ethics Checklist for review by their Instructor and the Anthropology Department Ethics Committee. Students must also complete the online CORE Ethics tutorial. Basic filmmaking and editing equipment is supplied by the Anthropology Department.

Course Number: ANTH 3124/4124 001
Days: Wednesdays
Times: 2:30 – 5:15 pm
Location: 3M56
Instructor: George Fulford

Origins of Human Culture

Looking at developments in the Old World, this course examines the two million year period from the first appearance of human culture to the agricultural revolution some twelve thousand years ago. It emphasizes the increase in cultural complexity and specialization over time, and the way that culture has permitted humans to adapt to their environment. As well as discussing the general nature of the prehistoric record, the course examines such general questions as the origins of cultural behaviour, the ecology and chronology of the Pleistocene period, demographic evolution and reconstruction, and the relationship between cultural and biological evolution. Additional in-depth work is required to receive credit at the 4000 level. Cross-listed: ANTH-4206(3).

Course Number: ANTH 3206/4206 001
Days: Wednesdays
Times: 2:30 – 5:15 pm
Location: 4C39
Instructor: Benjamin Collins

Advanced Zooarch

This lecture, lab, and seminar course offers in depth examination of select issues in zooarchaeological research and analysis, with special emphasis on the interpretation of human animal relations in past cultures. Topics vary but may include microscopic analysis of bone and teeth, paleoecology, quantification of taxonomic abundance, economic utility indices, mortality profiles, and determination of animal domestication.

Course Number: ANTH 3207/4207 001
Days: Thursdays
Times: 2:30 – 5:15 pm
Location: 4C39
Instructor: Annie Brown

Problems in Bio Anthropology

This course explores the different methods used in Archaeology to reconstruct diet and nutrition of ancient populations and some techniques that can be used for palaeoenvironmental reconstructions. As such the course is suitable for both, students interested in Biological Anthropology and Archaeology. A substantial section of the course will be devoted to basic principles of using stable isotopes and plant micro remains in paleodietary analyses and the challenges associated with these approaches. During the course you will learn to identify pollen, starches and phytoliths in modern and archaeological samples and how to extract collagen from human bones. Finally this course will provide you with basic knowledge of Bayesian models used to analyse isotopic results. During the semester students will be working on a research project related to the use of isotope analysis and plants micro remains in paleodietary and palaeoenvironmental reconstruction. This research oriented course will help you grasp the steps you need to follow in order to conduct paleodietary and palaeoenvironmental studies and to interpret and present your results.

By the end of the course, the students will be able to:

  • Describe the basic morphology of starches, phytoliths and pollen.
  • Identify micro remains from modern and archaeological plants.
  • Describe the principles of using isotopes for the paleodietary reconstructions.
  • Apply methods to extract collagen from human bones.
  • Discuss challenges of the methods used to reconstruct diet and nutrition in archaeological populations.
  • Discuss challenges of the methods used to reconstruct paleo environment in archaeology.
  • Conduct a basic research project

The readings for this course will be comprised mostly of journal articles published in major international journals and peer-reviewed book chapters. They will be indicated as needed.

Course Number: ANTH 4305 001
Days: Tuesdays and Thursdays
Times: 11:30am – 12:45 pm
Location: 4C39
Instructor: Yadira Chinique de Armas